Vietnam veterans still dogged by PTSD

Vietnam veterans still dogged by PTSD

There are 3 comments on the Windsor Beacon story from Aug 8, 2014, titled Vietnam veterans still dogged by PTSD. In it, Windsor Beacon reports that:

Scientists estimate that more than 283,000 Vietnam veterans - men and a few hundred women now beyond the age of retirement - still suffer post-traumatic stress disorder from their war experiences in Southeast Asia.

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Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#1 Aug 8, 2014
Ever hear of "Shell Shock" or "Battle Fatigue"? They are old terms for what we now call "PTSD". While the term "PTSD" orginated during the time of Viet Nam War, its use should not be limited to those that saw combat in Viet Nam. Many soldiers and even civilians have expericened tramatic events in their lives that they can never forget. Most may have been from combat experiences but I know some that have been diagnosed with PTSD without ever seeing combat. ANY Tramatic experience can lead to PTSD. It's the nature of the human mind. What's really amazing to me is that the so-called "experts" always come back to the Viet Nam Veterans whenever PTSD is suggested.
bitsnpieces1

Gainesville, FL

#2 Aug 9, 2014
Actually, my memory tells me that PTSD came from a group of people who were captured by another group in one of the Nordic countries and held captive for quite some time. After they were rescued they all had problems which some medical personnel began calling PTSD. It was then very quickly applied to Gulf War vets then to Vietnam Vets.
Viet Nam Vet wrote:
Ever hear of "Shell Shock" or "Battle Fatigue"? They are old terms for what we now call "PTSD". While the term "PTSD" orginated during the time of Viet Nam War, its use should not be limited to those that saw combat in Viet Nam. Many soldiers and even civilians have expericened tramatic events in their lives that they can never forget. Most may have been from combat experiences but I know some that have been diagnosed with PTSD without ever seeing combat. ANY Tramatic experience can lead to PTSD. It's the nature of the human mind. What's really amazing to me is that the so-called "experts" always come back to the Viet Nam Veterans whenever PTSD is suggested.
Viet Nam Vet

Chillicothe, OH

#3 Aug 9, 2014
bitsnpieces1 wrote:
Actually, my memory tells me that PTSD came from a group of people who were captured by another group in one of the Nordic countries and held captive for quite some time. After they were rescued they all had problems which some medical personnel began calling PTSD. It was then very quickly applied to Gulf War vets then to Vietnam Vets.
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That's a new one on me. You must be referring to the Stockholm Syndrone but that is related to being held captive in a hostage type situations. In Stockholm it was about those held hostage during a botched bank robbery.

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